Mountain man Matt is climbing Everest in support of family


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A MAN from Oswestry is climbing to the Mount Everest base camp to raise funds for Diabetes UK.

Matt Finch, 26, a buyer for building contractor J Pickstock, starts his 18 day challenge on November 21.  He hopes to raise £3,000 for the charity. 

He chose Diabetes UK because his dad, John Finch, 58, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 10 years ago and his uncle, Eddie Rudge, 64, was also diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago. 

Matt said:  “I wanted to raise money for Diabetes UK because I know how helpful my dad and uncle have found the advice the charity provides on managing the condition.  

"Climbing the 17,598 feet to Everest base camp is a tough personal challenge.  

"I started training 15 weeks ago and will continue with my preparations until we fly out to Nepal in November.”

Ellen Jurczak, fundraiser for Diabetes UK in the Midlands, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to Matt for taking on this challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK.  Without our fundraisers we would not be able to do our work to support people with diabetes which we know has a real impact on the quality of their lives.”

£100 covers the cost of keeping the Careline open for half an hour, £500 pays for training for 20 Risk Assessment Volunteers to support our Healthy Lifestyle Roadshows and a £1,000 can pay for four people to attend a Family Support Weekend for people with diabetes.

To sponsor Matt go to:   or text MATF67 and the ammount to 70070

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